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5 podcasts every UX designer should listen to

Design podcasts are a great way to keep up with industry news, snag some workflow and design process tips, or just get inspired by experts making waves in your field. If you’re a user experience designer or just starting out in UX, you’re in luck because there’s an ample amount of UX podcasts at your disposal to learn from — no matter the skill level you’re at.

In this post, we’re rounding up a diverse list of podcasts focusing on user experience design for the newbie, the expert, the curious, and really everyone in between. Have a listen and gain more confidence in your knowledge as a UX designer, walk away with new ideas, plenty of conversation starters, and maybe even a new outlook on your field of work!

1. High Resolution

Jared Erondu and Bobby Ghoshal co-host High-Resolution, a fantastic video and audio podcast series featuring 25 different design leaders. Designers from innovative companies like IDEO, Google, Pinterest, (to name-drop only a few) are invited to share their insights on all things Product Design.

The goal of the podcast is to help you learn how to better communicate the value of design, include stakeholders in your design process, instill a design culture at your business and more. Listen in to learn from the best of the best!

“This project has been a real labor of love. We did it so designers all around the world could learn from people we consider to be the masters of design and leadership. We urge you to bring these tools and ideas back to work with you every week and if you do, we think you’ll see design in an entirely new light.”

2. Wireframe

Former Design Director of the New York Times Khoi Vinh hosts Wireframe, a storytelling podcast about user experience design brought to you by Adobe and Gimlet Creative. Unlike most interview format podcasts, each episode of Wireframe focuses on a theme and brings different voices together to share varying experiences. Khoi himself says the podcast has a “journalistic sensibility” so regardless of your design experience, anyone can listen and enjoy.

“The ambition here is twofold. First, we wanted to elevate the discussion around design so that it’s treated with the same seriousness, thoughtfulness and sense of fun as any general interest subject matter—arts, culture, technology, sports etc. The second goal here is to talk about design in a straightforward, engaging way that draws in not just seasoned designers but also a wider audience of people who are curious about our craft.”

3. What is Wrong with UX?

For a more amusing undertone, check out What is Wrong with UX, a humorous podcast co-hosted by two women who actually met teaching a UX Design course. In each episode, Laura and Kate dive into a lively (and very entertaining) discussion on all things annoying or needing improvement in the field of user experience. Listen in for a fun, light-hearted approach to all of the qualms you face as a UX designer.

“Hate reading and enjoy listening to people argue over the details of user experience design? Who can blame you. Listen to What is Wrong with UX, the podcast where two old ladies talk about how to make products suck slightly less. It features Laura Klein, the author of Build Better Products and UX for Lean Startups, and Kate Rutter, Principal at Intelleto - two experienced product designers. They bicker, drink, and explain basic concepts of good user experience design.”

4. User Defenders

User Defenders is a UX design podcast where host Jason Ogle invites seasoned UX designers to share insights on their expertise and specific topics such as building your UX portfolio, designing for accessibility, getting your foot in the door at your dream company, etc… Whether you’re a UX rookie or veteran, User Defenders will challenge and inspire you to make a difference in your work.

“There are scores of inspirational UX Designers out there who are doing outstanding, innovative work and helping to shape the future in their struggle to solve important design problems while fighting for the user. This podcast is aimed at highlighting those leading the way in their craft by diving deeper into who they are, and what makes them tick/successful, in order to inspire and equip those aspiring to do the same.”

5. UI Breakfast

Don’t be fooled the podcast’s name—the UI Breakfast podcast, also known as “UI Breakfast: UI/UX design and product strategy” covers all things a user experience designer would find value in. Host Jane Portman asks the hard-hitting, nitty-gritty questions to her industry expert guests so you can actually apply new strategies and ideas to your work.

“Join us for exciting conversations about UI/UX design, products, marketing, and so much more. My awesome guests are industry experts who share actionable knowledge — so that you can apply it in your business today.”

Be sure to find these UX design podcasts on iTunes or Spotify if you want to subscribe and keep up with any new episodes! For more recommended podcasts, check out our curated list of 10 podcasts for every kind of designer.

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